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The Discipline of Communion (Darryl Siemens) 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (K)

“Do this in remembrance of me.” This was the command given to the disciples in the Upper Room as they took the bread and the cup together on the night Jesus was betrayed. This command to regularly partake of the bread and the cup through the practice of communion is then repeated and given to the whole church by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11. The taking of these elements functions as a tangible and constant reminder to all followers of Jesus not only of the price that was paid for our forgiveness but also of the reality of the forgiveness we have received, of the extent of the grace that has been poured out us, and of the fact that Jesus will return to finish what he started and complete the work of making all things new. Communion is a time for us to celebrate the incredibly good news of Jesus.

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The End of the Matter. (Darryl Siemens) Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 | Searching for Meaning (K)

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Enjoy Life, Fear God (Darryl Siemens) Ecclesiastes 11:7 – 12:8 | Searching for Meaning (K)

As the Teacher takes stock of all he has observed he reminds all of us, but particularly the young, to hold two realities in tension. First, we should enjoy the good things in life that God gives us, but as we do so we need to remember that All of life is to be lived in light of the fact that we will each die and stand before God to give an account.

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Wisdom and Some Warnings (Darryl Siemens) Ecclesiastes 9:11 – 10:20 | Searching for Meaning (K)

How do you navigate a world where the only two certainties are uncertainty and death? The answer, the Teacher tell us, is with wisdom. In this section The Teacher seeks to show us why wisdom is so valuable and offers us some ways to live with wisdom in the areas of leadership, speech and decision making.

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How to Live Before You Die. (Darryl Siemens) Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 | Searching for Meaning (K)

There is one thing that is true for every single one of us, no matter how good or bad a life we live, one day we will die. That is a thought that in our culture we tend to run away from, but it is critical that we acknowledge it because knowing that we will die, says the teacher, ought to shape the way that we live.

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Everything in Moderation? (Darryl Siemens) Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 | Searching for Meaning (K)

It might appear that the teacher in this section is calling people to pursue a life of moderation. One where we try to walk a balance of being perceived as either a “sinner” or a “saint.” Instead, the warning here is that there are two dangers we can fall into in life, living a life of destructive licentiousness or a life of self-righteous legalism. In truth no amount of sin will satisfy us and no amount of “saintly” behaviour is able to save us from death only the righteousness of Jesus is able to save us.

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When Gifts Become Gods (Ecclesiastes 5:8- 6:9) (Darryl Siemens) | Searching for Meaning (K)

One of the blessings of Ecclesiastes is the Teachers constant reminder that God has given us good gifts to enjoy under the sun. However, those gifts can easily become gods. When gifts become gods not only will we not find the security and satisfaction we are looking for we also won’t be able to enjoy what God gives us to enjoy. When we search for that which can only be found in our creator in what he was created the end result is misery.

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A Meaningful Life (Darryl Siemens) – 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 | Searching for Meaning (K)

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A Meaningful Life Requires Meaningful Community (Darryl Siemens) – Ecclesiastes 4:7-10 | Searching for Meaning (K)

In this section of Ecclesiastes, we find three ways of living: we can live lives of isolation, lives of surface level popularity and fame or lives where we engage in true, authentic community. As the teacher unpacks these three ways of living one things becomes clear, life is better together.

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Making the Most of our Time (Darryl Siemens) – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 | Searching for Meaning (K)

As finite beings we are constantly aware of the passage of time. As the teacher ponders the seasons of life and the rhythms of time he comes to several conclusions. First there is a purpose to all that takes place. God is overseeing and working through all the circumstances of life and everything that God is doing lasts and has purpose. Unfortunately, what God is doing may not always make sense to us, and although we desire and long for answers and understanding we may not always get it. How then should we live? We should enjoy the good gifts God gives to us and give Him thanks for them and we should trust Him in the difficult and hard times, the times where we struggle to understand what is going on, because He makes all things beautiful in His time.